The Indian government is ready to indulge in a 2 plus 2 dialogue with the US government on October 26-27. Both the countries will be coming together for the Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement (BECA). This agreement plays a crucial role for India as it has helped in acquiring some of the major armed drones. With the help of this last of four military communication foundational agreements, i.e. BECA, India has procured MQ-9B from the US. Notably, MQ-9B is an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), which uses geo-spatial information for targeting the enemy.

This interaction between the US and India will be under the limelight as US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and India’s external affairs minister S Jaishankar will be meeting on October 6 at the Quad security dialogue in Tokyo. Further, the two plus two meetings will be followed by joined by the defence minister Rajnath Singh, Us defence secretary Mark Esper and US deputy secretary of state Stephen Begiun.

Furthermore, the dates of the two plus two meetings are yet to be finalised as the signing of BECA will be beneficial for India as the country will be getting an opportunity to use global geospatial maps of the US so that the target of the enemies can be demolished with accuracy. Although both the countries have already signed three foundational agreements, this one will help in making sure that India and US are able to share military information related to the threats on Indo-Pacific lands.

Also, the US ministers will be meeting the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi along with his National Security Advisor Ajit Doval.

During the discussions related to the military enforcements, the Chinese engagements in Ladakh and in the South China Sea will also be discussed. Not just this, the situation in Afghanistan will also be the centre of the two plus two dialogue.


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